Ex-Saints DC (and soon to be ex-Rams DC) Gregg Williams just keeps digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself. Sean Pamphilon, a documentary filmmaker, yesterday released audiotape of a New Orleans Saints defensive meeting the night before the divisional playoff game against the 49ers. In the f-bomb-laced speech, he targets Frank Gore (I’m paraphrasing) “hit him in the head, hit him in the pile, get him running sideways” Michael Crabtree ” he’ll be human if you blow out his ACL” Vernon Davis ” go for his ankles on the pile” Kyle Williams “hit that little #10 to see if he’s certain” Alex Smith “blitz the f*ck out of him, hit him right here (points to chin), lay him out.” The 5 minute speech was apparently part of a full 12 minute speech Williams gave to his defense. One that Pamphilon said Payton or Loomis were not present for. Pamphilon also said that Williams would often flash a ‘F*ck you’ card to anyone who questioned his tactics. The card meant that he was given free reign by Sean Payton and the front offfice of the Saints to run the defense how he saw fit, with no interference.
Pamphilon was with the Saints as part of a documentary he is filming called ‘The United States of Football.’ It is about all aspects of football in America from Pop Warner to the pros. The Saints gladly gave him access to practices, meetings, and games last season. Oooops. I’m sure he has a lot more where this came from. We all know the very troubling aspects of this. Bounties, intent to injure, the real threat of paralyzation, or even the specter of death, and more importantly, and the personal affront to everything Roger Goodell has been preaching regarding player safety these last 5 years. Players these days are very big and very fast. This is a little different than the relative lawlessness of the 50s and 60s. The biggest players in the early 60s are about the size of a running back these days. And they were immensely slower. Players back then didn’t train year-round, have access to designer steroids, or have fitness trainers and nutritionists. Nowadays you have 320 lb linemen who run 4.8 in the 40. That kind of speed and size was unheard of even 30 years ago, let alone in the 60s. For all the ‘pussification’ of the NFL, the fines, suspensions, and penalties, these guys are human missiles flying around out there. Adding fuel to the already competitive fire is lunacy. Goodell is still trying to see football as a clean competitive sport among gentlemen, not a blood sport a la Roller Ball.
Here’s the audio from the Williams meeting:
At this point, I don’t think the Saints get any leeway through any of these appeals. Williams may be banned from football for life.